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NOAKES TRIAL: EXPERTS FLYING IN TO SUPPORT THE SCIENCE

Picture: ROB TATE

By Marika Sboros

When the Kafkaesque trial of world-renowned South African scientist Prof Tim Noakes resumes in Cape Town in October 2016, two heavyweight international expert witnesses will testify for him: Cambridge University graduate Dr Zoë Harcombe, a British public health nutritionist, and US science writer Nina Teicholz.

The country’s regulatory body, the Health Professions Council of SA, has charged Noakes with unprofessional conduct for his views on diet. Here’s what you can look forward to in this strange scientific saga that has garnered worldwide attention: 



NOAKES IN HIS OWN WORDS: ‘WHY I CHOOSE TO GO ON TRIAL – Part 2

Tim NoakesUniversity of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes loves challenging convention and being challenged.  ‘It’s when I learn,’ he says. Noakes has challenged conventional ‘wisdom’ seven times in his distinguished career. He has been proved right six times. He expects the same to happen when he goes back on trial in October 2016 in his latest challenge: to conventional ‘wisdom’ on diet. In the second of a 2-part series,  he reveals what really drives him. – Marika Sboros



NOAKES IN HIS OWN WORDS: ‘WHY I CHOOSE TO GO ON TRIAL’ – Part 1

Tim NoakesBy Marika Sboros

World-renowned scientist  Prof Tim Noakes will be back on trial in Cape Town on October 17, 2016, for his views on eggs, bacon and broccoli. Expect more revelations in what is being called the “Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century”

It has dragged on since February 2014 when Johannesburg dietitian Claire Julsing Strydom first reported him to the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA). That was for a single tweet telling a breastfeeding mother that good first foods are low-carb, high-fat (LCHF). Noakes could have made this strange saga disappear by deregistering as a medical doctor. Instead, here in the first of a 2-part series, Noakes explains why he has chosen to go on trial:



NOAKES ‘TRIAL OF THE 21ST CENTURY’: THE EVIDENCE Part 2

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By Marika Sboros

First  you become fat, then you develop insulin resistance, right? Probably not. South African scientist Prof Tim Noakes has been researching ketosis since the 1980s. In Part 2 of a series of videos of his evidence in chief at the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing against him in February, Noakes gives a Ketosis 101 lecture. He presents compelling research to show why he is innocent of the charge of unprofessional conduct.

But isn’t ketosis dangerous? You might well ask since many doctors and dietitian still believe it is. Here is another view:



NOAKES TRIAL: IT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT TWITTER!

Tim NoakesTHE Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) wants you to believe it only wants to muzzle world-renowned Prof Tim Noakes because he dared to express views about nutrition on Twitter. With help from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), ADSA is doing the very opposite of silencing him. The HPCSA trial against Noakes resumes in Cape Town in October. It has given him an international platform for dissemination of the growing body of scientific evidence in favour of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF). After the November 2015 session of the HPCSA hearing, ADSA issued a statement saying the hearing is only about Twitter. Here’, Noakes’ lawyer, Adam Pike, of Pike Law, explains why this case really is not about Twitter:



NOAKES ‘TRIAL OF THE 21ST CENTURY’: THE EVIDENCE – Part 1

By Marika Sboros
Prof Tim Noakes

Is there really any solid science behind Prof Tim Noakes’ views on butter, bacon, eggs and broccoli?  In Part 1 of a riveting series of  video clips compiled by the Noakes Foundation, Noakes reveals the significant body evidence he presented at the February 2016 session of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing.

The hearing is being called the “nutrition trial of the 21st century”.  The HPCSA has charged him with unprofessional conduct for going against conventional medical “wisdom” by telling a breastfeeding mother on Twitter in 2014 that good first foods for infant weaning are low-carb, high-fat (LCHF). If you know anything at all about LCHF you’d know that means meat and veg. To Johannesburg dietitian  who reported him to the HPCSA, that’s dangerous talk: 



NOAKES TRIAL: MAKING A ‘REAL MEAL’ OF CRITICS

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes  generates abnormally high levels of venom from doctors and dietitians for a spectacular about-turn in favour of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) in 2010.  Noakes is facing a charge of ‘unprofessional conduct’ for tweeting his opinion to a breastfeeding mother that the best weaning foods for infants are LCHF – in other words, meat and veg.

Here, in the first of an updated two-part Q&A session with me, Noakes makes a tasty ‘real meal’ of critics – and the trial against him. He refers to his new research to be published soon that will challenge conventional ‘wisdom’ once again.  

By Marika Sboros

Attacks aimed at Prof Tim Noakes are limited only by the imagination. They are as personal as they are professional in nature:  



NOAKES EXPOSED: REAL BEEF DIETITIANS HAVE WITH HIM!

TIM NOAKESUPDATE: World-renowned scientist Prof Tim Noakes was back on trial in Cape Town on April 4 and 5, 2017 for legal argument for both sides. On April 21, 2017, the Health Professions Council of SA announced a comprehensive not guilty verdict. That’s for his views on carbs and fats in the diet. Here’s what I wrote as a preview to the October 2016 session. It covered the real beef that some dietitians have with Noakes. I also looked at the case against him so far. 

By Marika Sboros

It’s hard, but not impossible, to get to the real meat of the trial of Prof Tim Noakes. It’s not even supposed to be a trial. However, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has turned it into one.

As the case progresses, it is becoming clearer just what the real beef is that dietitians behind this case have with him.



NOAKES TRIAL: ‘IT’S FATTY LIVER DISEASE, STUPID!’ PART 2

Tim NoakesDOCTORS often terrify patients out of their wits for no good reason, says University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes. It’s not because doctors are bad people. They just aren’t all that jacked up on science, says Noakes, a world-renowned scientist. They don’t know how to tell relative from absolute risk. 

Many doctors don’t know that they don’t know vital information about heart disease. That for many patients it’s not their tickers but their livers that are the problem. In other words, ‘it’s the fatty liver disease, stupid’, says Noakes.

Harsh? Yes. True? Well, it forms part of the Health Professions Council of SA’s hearing against him. So, take a look at the science he presents below and make up your own mind. This is the second of a two-part series covering Noakes’s evidence. – Marika Sboros

By Tim Noakes

Perhaps the most abused term in medicine is “risk factors” for the reason that few truly …



NOAKES TRIAL: LOW-FAT CAUSES HEART DISEASE! PART 1

NoakesThe so-called ‘Nutrition Trial of the Century’ against Cape Town University emeritus professor Dr Tim Noakes is spotlighting the real benefit for hearts of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets. It’s not what orthodox medical doctors and dietitians will tell you.

Here, Noakes, a world-renowned scientist with an A1 rating in nutrition, says conventional ‘wisdom’ that says fat in the diet equals fat in your arteries is wrong. It is the ‘direct cause of an epidemic of arterial disease that will consume most of our medical resources within the next 10-20 years’.

Noakes takes special aim at the evidence the Health Professions Council of SA hoped to present through a surprise witness – Prof Jacques Roussouw, former head of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Women’s Health Institute. Roussouw failed to pitch up on the day, citing problems getting NIH permission in time.  – Marika Sboros

By Tim Noakes

Finally two years after my now notorious seven-word Tweet hit the Tweetosphere, I had …



NOAKES TRIAL: SA HAS DIETARY ‘MISGUIDELINES’

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing against scientist Tim Noakes. Here, I look at the evidence Noakes has presented on SA’s dietary guidelines. 

Prof Tim Noakes (left), attorney Adam Pike, and Dr 'Rocky' Ramdass (right). Picture: ROB TATE

Prof Tim Noakes (left), attorney Adam Pike, and Dr ‘Rocky’ Ramdass (right). Picture: ROB TATE

By Marika Sboros

Prof Tim Noakes is no fan of South Africa’s official dietary guidelines. The guidelines were under the spotlight again in the HPCSA’s second hearing against Noakes that took place in Cape Town in February 2016.

The HPCSA has acquired a new advocate, Ajay Bhoopchand.  If there were any expectation of a less combative approach than the HPCSA has taken so far, Bhoopchand dispelled it.



NOAKES TRIAL: TURF WAR OVER ‘INCONVENIENT TRUTH’?

Prof Tim Noakes. Picture: ROB TATE

THE February 2016 session of the ongoing trial of scientist Tim Noakes for his ‘unconventional’ views on butter, eggs, bacon and broccoli, was true to form. It was filled with twists, turns, drama and intrigue.

In the first of a two-part series, I look at the consequences of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) hearing against Noakes so far. I also look at why it has turned into an object lesson in unintended consequences for doctors and dietitians who don’t want Noakes giving dietary advice.



NOAKES TRIAL: HPCSA HAS BREACHED HIS RIGHTS, SAYS ADVOCATE

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By Marika Sboros

In its case against world-famous scientist Prof Tim Noakes, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is leaving no stone unturned. It also appears to believe it should leave no right unbreached as well.

That’s according to evidence presented yesterday during the February 2016 hearing. That evidence didn’t go down well with Pretoria advocate Joan Adams. Adams is chair of the HPCSA’s Professional Conduct Committee hearing the charge against Noakes.



NOAKES TRIAL: DOCTORS SET HIM UP IN ‘CAT ‘N MOUSE’ GAME?

Seriously! You’d have to be smoking something to make this stuff up. Just when you thought the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against scientist Prof Tim Noakes couldn’t plunge deeper down the rabbit hole, it does. Here’s what happened on the first day of the February 2016 session. It includes sensational claims of the HPCSA’s routine and illegal use of secret reports to charge health professionals. 

By Marika Sboros

Members of the HPCSA’s own committee investigating the original complaint against Noakes indulged in highly irregular actions before deciding to charge him. That’s according to evidence that Johannesburg advocate Michael van der Nest SC has placed on the record at the hearing.



NOAKES TRIAL: WILL IT BE MORE MADNESS OR MODERN MIRACLE?

Tim NoakesBy Marika Sboros

The strange trial of world-famous South African scientist Prof Tim Noakes resumes in Cape Town on February 6, 2016. The Health Professions Council of SA is prosecuting him for his views on butter, eggs, bacon and broccoli for babies.

But what’s really behind this case?  Here, I look at the bad, the ugly and the miraculous good that could come out of the madness. I’m hoping the good bits will be prescient: 



NOAKES: LEGAL TEAM FIGHTS ‘TRIAL BY AMBUSH’ – Part 2

Tim NoakesWhen is an expert witness not an expert witness? I look at answers to that in the second of a two-part series reviewing the November 2015 session of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against Prof Tim Noakes. It follows from part one of the review, which looks at what Noakes’ legal team calls ‘trial by ambush’.  It  explains why the HPCSA felt an urgent need to call surprise last-minute witnesses that led to yet another delay. 

By Marika Sboros

The HPCSA has so far called three expert witnesses: former Northwest University nutrition professor  Este Vorster, Northwest University nutrition professor and pharmacist Dr Salome Kruger, and paediatric specialist Prof Muhammed Ali Dhansay, now with the Medical Research Council.



NOAKES: LEGAL TEAM FIGHTS ‘TRIAL BY AMBUSH’ – PART 1

The November 2015 session of the hearing against Prof Tim Noakes was a trip through ethical landmines territory. In the first of a two-part series, I give my impressions of what went down this time round. Like all good whodunnits, it had twists and turns. His legal team has called it ‘trial by ambush’.

By Marika Sboros

Here’s a shocker for the legal and ethical books. The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) admits to procuring secret reports to charge health professionals. In other words, it doesn’t give the accused a chance to respond to all evidence before being tried. It has done so in its case against University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes.



NOAKES TRIAL: ‘TROJAN HORSES’ WORKING IN HIS FAVOUR?

By Marika Sboros

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

If I didn’t know better, I’d think that the HPCSA’s legal team and its star witness, dietitian Claire Styrdom, were  Trojan horses for Prof Tim Noakes. The first day of the HPCSA’s hearing against Noakes in Cape Town in November 2015 could not have gone better for him if he had scripted it that way.

The charge follows a complaint Strydom lodged with the HPCSA for a single tweet Noakes made in February 2014. It it, he opined that low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) foods were good first foods for infant weaning. Here’s what went down on the first day:



NOAKES TRIAL: ‘I’M NOT KILLING PEOPLE. HERE’S THE REAL KILLER!’

 

TIM NOAKESBy Marika Sboros
Critics of world-renowned scientist Prof Tim Noakes say his eponymous “Banting”, low-carb, high-fat diet is killing people. Noakes, a University of Cape Town emeritus professor, says the only killers are dietitians and doctors who cling to official dietary guidelines. He says the guidelines in SA are unscientific and always have been.

To find out more, watch this video of  Cape Town TV talk show host Faizal Sayed interviewing Noakes. In it, he explains why Banting really is brilliant – and perfectly safe. And why the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) case against him is a sham. 



NOAKES AND THE STRANGE TRIAL THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

By Marika Sboros

It’s not strictly legally correct to say that the Health Professions Council of South Africa  (HPCSA) postponed its first hearing against Prof Tim Noakes on June 4, 2015. Or even that it adjourned the hearing.

It’s more correct to say it delayed the start of the hearing until November 23, 2015. Johannesburg advocate Michael van der Nest SC, a member of Noakes’ legal team, explains why: